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Succeed in College Classes


College courses can be more challenging than those in high school. Whether you’re taking classes online, on campus, in high school, or at our Secondary Career Center, below are tips that can help you excel in your college education.

  • Be Self-Motivated – Keeping yourself motivated and accountable can help you stay on top of coursework, papers, and exams, and not fall behind. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your teacher for help. 

  • Commit Time to Your Classes – Courses can begin and end on the same semester schedule as regular on-campus courses, and assignments, and exams can be due on specific days as well. If you’re taking an online course, you can be required to login at specific times during the week. You will need to be mindful of your college schedule and commit time to your classes while balancing them with your high school schedule.

  • Prep for Tests and Finals – College exams and finals can be more in depth and require more studying than those you may be accustom to taking in high school. Not all finals are tests, some may be in the form of research papers or big projects, but be prepared to invest time and energy into them because they can be a large percentage of your final grade. 

  • Become Computer Savvy – Many courses require the use of a computer. Practice saving and managing computer files in discs, memory drives, etc. A reliable computer and internet connection are a must for online courses.

  • Access Student Support - NWACC monitors academic progress on a regular basis and works with school counselors to ensure that you are on track to be successful, and will provide improvement strategies when necessary.

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